The Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals have two more games in a lengthy five-game series. They played a doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium yesterday to make up for a previous postponement.
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 18, 2022
The White Sox won the first game, 3-0, to win the first two games of the series. Dylan Cease made it through 5.2 innings, as he didn’t give up a run in the shutout for the White Sox. The Royals threatened him with 7 hits, but Cease held well.
The Royals came back in the nightcap with a 2-1 win behind Brady Singer. The Gator is quickly turning into the ace of the club.
It’s been a mighty slow start in the AL Central this season. The White Sox are expected to play better baseball than they’ve shown so far. There is only one team in the division with a record better than .500.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) May 17, 2022
The White Sox are currently 2.5 games behind the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. The Twins are the lone team above .500 going into this one.
The Royals are 13-22, but they weren’t expected to be a hugely competitive team. This is on par for the Royals, but the White Sox aren’t living up to pre-season projects, at least so far.
Lucas Giolito is getting the call on the bump for the White Sox tonight. He’s back after having a start pushed back because of going on the Covid-19 list.
This is a pretty good pitching matchup on paper at Kauffman Stadium, with the Royals countering Giolito with veteran Zack Greinke. The Royals is the right place for Greinke to finish his career.
Head below for our free White Sox vs. Royals pick on May 18, 2022.
Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals Live Betting Odds:
|Chicago White Sox||-1.5 (+105)||-150||Over 8 (-120)|
|KC Royals||+1.5 (-125)||+126||Under 8 (+100)|
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|125% up to $2,500|
|100% up to $500|
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|Team Data||Chicago White Sox||KC Royals|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.229||.225|
|Runs Per 9||3.53||3.54|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.14||4.03|
White Sox vs. Royals Prediction:
Lucas Giolito will have to shake off the Covid-19 rust and pitch at Kauffman Stadium tonight. He’s been in decent form when active, as Giolito enters Kansas City with an ERA of 2.70 and a 1.12 WHIP.
Giolito is going into Kauffman with a 3.38 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in his last three tilts. He allowed 3 earned runs against the Angels and Cubs, but bounced back with 1 earned run versus Cleveland eight days ago.
The bullpen could pitch better for the White Sox this season. The White Sox have a bullpen ERA of 4.06 and a 1.35 WHIP. They aren’t that much better than the Royals, with a 4.16 ERA and 1.38 WHIP.
They’re hitting .227 with 3.51 runs per 9 innings in 26th. On the road this season, the White Sox have scored just 3.29 runs per 9 innings. Their lineup has to be better than this at the plate.
Zack Greinke has contained this White Sox roster in his career. The White Sox are hitting .203 with a .242 versus Greinke in 109 at-bats.
Chicago White Sox vs. KC Royals Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 5-5
- 8-2 overall in their previous ten games as a betting favorite
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games as a betting favorite on the road
- 2-7 overall in their previous nine games in the fourth game of a series
- 4-9 overall in their previous 13 games versus the NL Central
- UNDER is 4-0 in their previous four games
- Record (Last 10): 4-6
- 6-12 overall in their previous 18 games
- 3-6 overall in their previous nine games on a Wednesday
- 7-19 overall in their previous 26 games as an underdog
- UNDER is 9-1 in their previous ten games versus the White Sox at home
- UNDER is 4-1 in their previous five games versus the American League
Greinke has looked comfortable back where it all started in his career at Kauffman Stadium. Greinke is entering this matchup with an ERA of 2.25 and a 1.19 WHIP in 16 innings at home.
Greinke is coming off his worst performance this season after allowing 8 hits and 5 earned runs through 4.2 innings. This was at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies, the toughest park to pitch in baseball.
Look for Greinke to bounce back with a strong performance at Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox are playing well below expectations at the plate this season.
I’m not that excited about laying -150 on the White Sox on the road tonight. They have been overpriced often this season, and I’m not running to the window to fade Greinke at home.
For a better bet at a better price, I’d look at the Royals runline to cover 1.5 runs. This is likely another close one with the game decided by a run.